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Eric Barnett's Avri Ellis, Yankee 140, Wilmington (Los Angeles area) California SOLD (updated September 8, 2014)


August 29, 2014 Yankee #140's new owner, Barry Rynk, checking in. Here's his email

Hi Ron:

I wanted to let you know that I am the happy new owner of Yankee Dolphin #140, Avri Ellis. This weekend, I’m planning on moving her from Wilmington up to Marina del Rey on the same dock as two other Dolphins: Aspara and Robin Lee. I’ve often admired these two Dolphins while I was taking breaks from lessons at Bluewater Sailing School.

I’ll send some photos of three gals on the same finger soon, and thank you for all the information and history about these sailboats on your website. It was a major factor for me in looking for a Yankee Dolphin in the first place.

Best Regards,


We'll set up a new page for #140 as soon as Barry sends in those pictures

Welcome Aboard, Barry!!

September 8, 2014 Click here to go to #140's new page



August 12, 2014. Its not quite a year and sadly, #140 is on the move again. Here's Eric email (edited)

Sad News

With a sad heart I'm writing to tell you that I must sell S/V Avri Ellis. My federal contract with the VA was prematurely terminated and I'm planning on leaving California for a cheaper venue. I've listed her on Craigslist Los Angeles (Long Beach, or LGB) for $3750 OBO.



1969 S&S Yankee Dolphin 24 - $3750 (Wilmington)

For Sale By Owner. Job relocation forces sale. This is a beautiful example of a full hull 24' pocket cruiser. Perfect for Catalina getaways or day sails in the harbor. Sleeps four comfortably. Included is

  1. a BRAND NEW Mercury 4-stroke 4hp outboard. LESS THAN 5 HOURS ON THE ENGINE!
  2. 22" DVD/TV Combo. AM/FM/CD with iPod Dock.
  3. Brand new interior cushions!
  4. Lots of extras including boat hooks, swim ladder, cockpit cushions, life preservers, Marine Radio, flares, horn, etc.
  5. Main Sail is in good to moderate condition. Two headsails are in very good condition.
  6. Bottom cleaned monthly!

Slip is transferrable at $216 per month! This is the perfect boat for a first time sailor or a seasoned old salt. Must sell ASAP. No reasonable offer refused. Will even consider payments with a decent down payment. Text, call, or email. Thanks

Email - Eric Barnett - ericb760@gmail.com

Phone 714-366-5828



August 25, 2013. The deal is done and Yankee #140 has been SOLD. She now belongs to Eric Barnett. Click here to go to her when she was Randy's Misstress. Here is Eric's email.


I signed the papers and am now the proud owner of "Mistress". I'm sending a few pictures to document how she looks at the moment. I will be hauling her out for new bottom paint sometime soon. I also have stanchions to install and will be painting the topside as I can afford it.


Welcome aboard, Eric!


October 13, 2013. Eric has changed the name of #140. She is now Avri Ellis. (This is his daughter's name) He has set up a website for her - a work in progress - http://avriellis.com/Home_Page.php - now extinct.


January 6, 2014. Eric sent in the following progress report

Hi Ron,

Been busy with the holidays and have been procrastinating on pulling the head plumbing out. But, still some months before I'll be sailing regularly. In the meantime, I finished two minor projects. The first was to replace the plexi-glass drop boards with ones more fitting a Dolphin.

Click photos for larger view, click the new pictures to move around, click browser return arrow to get back here

I bought some furniture grade plywood and cut them to match the old ones. I then sanded, stained, and varnished the two. The second was to DIY a cockpit sole. I could not afford a custom made teak one, so I purchased a box of wooden outdoor tiles from Amazon.

I had to trim the last two to fit around the base of the tiller, but it turned out fitting very well.

Just wanted to check in during the new year. I'm sure I'll be more active as sailing season approaches...



January 26, 2014. Eric and your webmaster have been exchanging emails regarding #140's head/holding tank system, and a mystery has been solved. We have the following update from Eric, and have set up a page in our Technical Section with more detail and photos - click here to go there

Hi Ron,

I finally had the time to pull the water tank out to see what was beneath it. As suspected, there is a small waste holding tank under the water tank. A hose runs to the pump out through-hull. The mysterious black box is an alarm that is attached to a sensor mounted towards the top of the tank. If/when it went off, you would have to manually pump the tank out using the in-line whale Gusher pump.

I have decided to yank the whole system and go with a port-a-potty that I have already purchased. I will have to build up the pedestal that the head now sits on as it's not wide enough to support the port-a-potty. I will keep you updated as I proceed.

Take care,



May 25, 2014. Eric's been busy - here's his update:

Hi Ron,

Today I installed my new 4HP 4 Stroke outboard....

and the new transom lettering after scrubbing off the original painted on name....

Click on pictures for a larger view

I used a fantastic cleaner that was recommended on another forum. It's called "Totally Awesome Cleaner", and costs $1 at the Dollar stores. I used it with a 220 grit sanding block and cannot believe how clean it got the old boat! In hindsight, I should have gone a bit bigger with the lettering. But, it looks great and I can live with it for now.

Happy Sailing!





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